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London - It’s the gadget that many of us would feel lost without. And so dependent are we on our mobile phones that we check them every six-and-a-half minutes, research suggests.
It found that looking at their phone is the first thing many people do each day – as they use its alarm function – and is also the last.
In between, phones are used to check the internet and read emails, as well as to make calls and send texts.
Mobile technology consultant Tomi Ahonen analysed a study commissioned by Nokia.
In total, users check their smartphones an average of 150 times during a waking day of 16 hours, the research found. Even people who have less-sophisticated devices check their phones frequently, it was found. A person just using a phone with basic functions will rack up dozens of uses a day.
Mr Ahonen, who is considered by Forbes magazine to be the most influential voice on mobile technology, wrote on his blog that people make, receive or avoid 22 phone calls every day. They also send or receive text messages 23 times a day, Mr Ahonen said, and check the clock 18 times.
Playing games and checking battery life also account for a number of views.
Research in December suggested that constantly checking a phone is an addiction that can ruin relationships. - Daily Mail